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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-inch) Review
29 September 2013
Conclusion: The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is yet another strong tablet from Samsung and a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 8.0 if you don’t need the pen capabilities or just can’t afford the $380 price tag. At $300 the Tab 3 is less expensive than the iPad Mini and $100 more than most 7-inch slates.
Excerpt: With Samsung flooding the market with phones and tablets, it’s hardly surprising that they’ve release three, yes, three Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s. The baby of the bunch is the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 , the biggest Tab 3 is the 10-incher and the subject of this review sitting in between is the Samsung Galaxy...
Pros: Slender, ergonomic design, Bright, vibrant screen, Up-to-date version of Android
Cons: Pricey for a dual-core tablet, Samsung's TouchWiz UI is heavy, Middling screen resolution
Conclusion: If your choice comes down to the Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Note 8.0, the decision comes down largely to price and whether you feel you'd use the latter's stylus. If you love the idea of using a stylus on your tablet, the Note 8.0 is worth the $100 premium (though we wish it was only a $50 premium...
Pros: Slim design, Light weight makes it easy to hold in one hand, USB charging
Cons: Tinny audio output, Narrow bezel makes it hard to hold without tapping touch screen, Imprecise menu buttons
Summary: Tab, the third. Samsung has something for everyone in its tablet portfolio: the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is aimed at users who are looking for a medium sized tablet and can do without pen input. Confidently, Samsung wants 299 Euros (~$397) for it - an appropriate value for the money?
Pros: High 3D performance, Good performance in Internet browsing, Fast memory, Good color reproduction, Bright display, Extensive software package, Numerous input options, Good battery life, Proper speakers, The tablet is ahead in every aspect. Samsung has also lowered the price compared to the last ge...
Cons: Blue tint of the display, Mediocre processor performance, Plastic case, Case temperatures are a bit high, Relatively high price, Bloatware, An operating system without bloatware.
Summary: Among 8-inch tablets, the iPad mini costs $30 more, but it offers access to a lot more tablet-optimized apps and lasts nearly two hours longer on a charge. Then again, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 boasts a sharper screen and more features.
Conclusion: Looking for a decent mid-range Android tablet? Well, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch would be a good choice. It is light, portable, and capable enough to be used for not only web surfing and writing emails, but also for watching HD movies and even playing some Real Racing 3 every once in a while.
Pros: Light, thin, easy to hold and carry around, Built-in IR Blaster works as a TV remote control, Camera is usable in daytime
Excerpt: In Samsung’s marketing scheme to offer a wide variety of sizes for their tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch stands above its Galaxy Tab 3 brethren. For those that cannot afford the more expensive Samsung Note 8”, the Tab 3 8” is an excellent option for $100 cheaper than the Note.
Conclusion: There's plenty of good to be had from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But less so at this price point. It's pricier than the higher-resolution Nexus 7, and its plasticky construction just isn't as well made as the Apple iPad mini. And for once the Apple device is the more affordable of the two.
Pros: Slim, light, microSD slot for expansion, screen decent in many conditions, decent battery life, multi-window view is a cool idea
Cons: Plastic construction, screen res could be higher, too expensive compared to the competition